This year’s Berlin Biennale tackles the major questions of our time: for the citywide exhibition’s 12th edition, more than 70 artists are presenting works that consider the world and its various emergencies. War, the climate crisis, colonial heritage and trauma are just a few of the topics it will negotiate. This year’s exhibition, titled “Still Present!”, aims to make visible the fractures and contradictions of today and has been curated by artist Kader Attia, who himself examines the concept of repair in his work. Alongside filmmaker Omer Fast and Turkish artist Nil Yalter, who has used art in public spaces to fight for women’s rights since the 1970s, the young Senegalese-Italian artist Binta Diaw is also represented. Diaw’s poetic spatial installations deal with migration, belonging and identity.
Artistic works will be exhibited alongside historical documents, including publications from The Archiv der Avantgarden compiled by collector Egidio Marzona. In addition to traditional venues such as the KW Institute for Contemporary Art and Hamburger Bahnhof, the Berlin Biennale team is also showing at the Stasi headquarters in Lichtenberg this year. One exhibition is open 24/7: the Dekoloniale Erinnerungskultur in der Stadt (“Decolonial Remembrance Culture in the City”) window which shows a project that critically examines the history of colonialism.
Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Faf.berlin & Issam Zejly / Credit: Binta Diaw, Dïàspora Courtesy Galerie Cécile Fakhoury; Nil Yalter, Exile Is A Hard Job
Berlin Biennale – Still Present!, 11.06–18.09.2022
The exhibition opens tomorrow (10.06.2022) 19–22h with free admission at all six venues. Afterwards, tickets for all exhibitions can be purchased for €18 (€9 concessions).